Changing lives in the village of Fiarenana

by Zahana
Dec 6, 2011

The real measure of success

The new and improved communal water faucets
The new and improved communal water faucets

Dear freinds and supporters!

Sometimes the success of our participatory approach is best illustrated with a project we don’t do ourselves. Metal fences now surround all seven of Fiadanana’s communal water faucets for over 2 years. Built with a solid concrete foundation, the fences are holding up well.

All metal fences were built and paid for by the community, because they saw a need for it, without asking Zahana for a financial contribution. This is a prime example of a community taking ownership of and responsibility for their own resources.

Some history: In 2006, the community built their communal water system with seven communal water faucets (see website) with support from Zahana. We thought (see photo) communal water faucets could become a green oasis in the village, beautifying everything through colorful flowers and greenery, easily watered by the runoff.

Little did we know that the cows had no appreciation for esthetics, but a great hunger for juicy fresh green ‘stuff’. To keep the cattle out, the community decided to use concrete and metal, keeping their communal water sources safe for years to come.

Ihanta, Jeannett and Markus

Fence around the communal water faucet
Fence around the communal water faucet
The improved communal water faucet in the school
The improved communal water faucet in the school
The 'old' communal water faucet in 2007
Runoff keeps the garden green
Runoff keeps the garden green
Fiadanana's traditional healer with granddaughter



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Location: Antananarivo, Capital - Madagascar
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Markus Faigle
Honolulu, HI United States

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